Registration for postgraduate program before the undergraduate degree has been completed

Admission to a postgraduate program requires that you have successfully completed a relevant undergraduate degree.

If you are behind schedule with your undergraduate program and only need to pass a few ECTS credits to complete it, Aalborg University can depart from this rule.

This occurs if there are special circumstances and if the university deems that you have the prerequisites to carry out and pass the undergraduate program at the same time that you take courses in a postgraduate program. In that case, you can register for courses and examinations for 30 ECTS credits in a postgraduate program while you are enrolled in a undergraduate program and complete it.

Once you have successfully completed the undergraduate degree, you can be admitted into a postgraduate program.

How to apply for an exemption

If you wish to apply for an exemption to get permission to register for courses and examinations in a postgraduate program before successfully completing your undergraduate degree, you must submit an application. There is not a special form for this.

In your application, it is important you explain why you think there are special circumstances, including explaining the reasons why you are behind schedule with your undergraduate program. You must explain how you intend to complete your undergraduate degree while you take courses and exams in a postgraduate program.

It is recommended that you attach a study plan that can possibly be designed in conjunction with a student counselor.

In order to obtain an exemption, you should only have a limited number of ECTS credits (maximum 15) remaining in your undergraduate program. At a minimum, you must have passed:

  • all exams in the first year of the program
  • the courses that give you the prerequisites to be able to take courses and examinations in the postgraduate program
  • your undergraduate project.

When should you apply?

You can apply for an exemption when you know with certainty that you cannot complete your undergraduate degree before the start of the postgraduate program.

If you already know that you are behind schedule when you want to apply for admission to a postgraduate program, you must enclose your application for exemption with your application for admission.

If it is only after you have applied for admission to a postgraduate program that you become aware that you are behind schedule, for example, because you have failed a re-examination in August, you must submit your exemption application as soon as possible, but no later than the start of the program, either September 1st or February 1st.

Current AAU students must submit the exemption application to the faculty office that the postgraduate program falls under, and undergraduate students from other universities must submit the exemption application to the International Office.

If you are granted an exemption

If you are granted an exemption to take courses and exams in a postgraduate program, please be aware that you can only register for courses and exams that total a maximum of 30 ECTS credits in the postgraduate program.

If you pass the exams in the postgraduate program, and it turns out that you still have not successfully completed your undergraduate degree, you cannot register for additional courses and examinations in the postgraduate program.

Once you have successfully completed your undergraduate degree, you can be admitted to a postgraduate program and register for additional courses and exams.

State education grants (SU) - if you are granted an exemption

If you receive state education grants (SU), please contact the SU Office for information.

Further information

If you would like further information on the possibility of applying for an exemption please contact: the International Office, the relevant study board or faculty office.